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 103 Korean Martyr Saints


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Yi Yŏng-dŏk Magdalene (1811-1839)



Yi Yŏng-dŏk Magdalene was an elder sister of Yi In-dŏk Mary. Magdalene was born in 1811 to a noble family, but her family was very poor.
She always behaved with dignity, and had a warm personality. She was instructed in the Catholic faith by her grandmother and became a Catholic with her mother, Cho Barbara, and her sister, Yi Mary. Her father was, however, very anti-Catholic.
At the age of 20, her father tried to arrange a marriage for her to a non-Catholic. She refused the marriage by pretending to be sick. Her father was not taken in by her excuse, and treated her cruelly. One day, in order to have her father understand her, she wrote a letter in blood from her finger and gave it to her father. But her father would not yield. At the age of 27, Magdalene asked Bishop Imbert for permission to leave home. But the bishop told her to remain at home. After a few months, however, she could no longer endure, and she escaped to a friendly Catholic home with her mother and sister. The bishop insisted that they should return home. It was very dangerous for them to return to the father. The bishop finally let the catechists decide what to do in the situation. Magdalene was able to stay in Seoul, and led a pious life even in poverty.
Magdalene dedicated herself to virtue, good works and prayer, and waited for the glory of martyrdom.
Magdalene was arrested and put in prison. Her body was twisted. She suffered from hunger, thirst and the dirty environment of the prison. Magdalene saw her mother die of a fever in prison. She was beaten many times but never ceased to profess her faith.
Magdalene was beheaded with six other Catholics outside the Small West Gate on December 29, 1839, at the age of 28.

List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort
Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 314312
89 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 37089
88 김임이 데레사 Teresia Kim Im-i 37090
87 우술임 수산나 Susanna U Sur-im 37097
86 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 37112
85 김 율리에타 Iulietta Kim 37142
84 남명혁 다미아노 Damiano Nam Myong-hyog 37176
83 박후재 요한 Ioannes Pak Hu-jae 37189
82 샤스땅 야고보 Iacobus Chastan 37232
81 도리 헨리코 Henricus Dorie 37238
» 이영덕 막달레나 Magdalena Yi Yong-dog 38594
79 정철염 가타리나 Catharina Chong Chor-yom 38656
78 현경련 베네딕타 Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon 39015
77 김로사 Rosa Kim 39299
76 고순이 바르바라 Barbara Ko Sun-i 39346
75 한아기 바르바라 Barbara Han A-gi 39361

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